Technology Advocate for Ohio’s PreK-12 Stakeholders

Ohio’s Information Technology Centers (ITCs) work together as a statewide network called the Ohio Education Computer Network (OECN). The Management Council coordinates and supports the collaborative efforts of the OECN, which implements a broad spectrum of academic and administrative technologies across Ohio’s PreK-12 education system.

History of the OECN

The Ohio Education Computer Network (OECN) was created in 1979 by the Ohio Legislature under ORC 3301.075. Originally there were 27 data centers providing financial accounting support to school districts. Over time, the owner-members of a few data centers voluntarily merged to create greater financial and operational efficiencies.

In the mid-1980s, these DA Sites formed the Management Council to represent them on a statewide basis. By 2005, new Ohio Administrative Code rules were adopted to rename DA Sites to “Information Technology Centers” (ITCs). This new name better recognized their role in providing a technology shared services to Ohio’s schools.

Today, there are 17 member Information Technology Centers serving over 1.4 million students in 700 school districts, career centers, community schools, and educational service centers. The Management Council and its various technical and educational divisions (such as INFOhio, Ohio K12 Help and Ohio State Software Solutions) continue to make sure that students have appropriate connectivity, support, software, and digital resources to get the education they will need to succeed in the future.

The Management Council has nearly 100 employees dedicated to our mission.

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